If You're Tryin' You Ain't

Album: American Ride (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a straight-ahead Chicago blues song, an interesting departure for the country star. Keith told CMT News: "I'm influenced by all kinds of music. I have a very diverse iPod. You never know if I've got it on shuffle You never know what you are going to hear next. I like all genres. If it's good, then I like it. I'm into hip-hop, rap, country, blues, gospel, old school, new school - whatever - pop. If it's really good, I like it. I don't have to be told what to listen to. If I like it and it's good, I'll listen to it. Having that background, knowing so many songs, it keeps me from staying stale and playing the same thing. Some radio station said the other night, 'Who else would radio have trusted enough to cut ' American Ride'? You're the only guy that can get away with that.' That's a great position to be in. You cut out a niche to where, when you bring something off the wall like 'American Ride,' they go, 'Yeah, we get you. We know where you're coming from.'"

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